Ashley Griffin Becomes First Person Nominated for a Major Award for Playing and Directing HAMLET

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Ashley Griffin Becomes First Person Nominated for a Major Award for Playing and Directing HAMLET

Ashley Griffin has been nominated for three major New York Innovative Theater Awards for her work on A.N.O.N. Productions' He For She inspired HAMLET - Best Leading Actress, Best Director and Best Revival of a Play. Ms. Griffin is now the first person in history to be nominated for a significant award for both playing Hamlet and directing HAMLET.* A.N.O.N. Productions' widely heralded, hit production of HAMLET premiered in 2015 and returned in 2016.

The show was inspired by, and partnered with the "He For She" Campaign, a first of its kind, which acknowledges the need for men in the women's movement. In this production Hamlet is a woman raised as a man for succession purposes and Ophelia is a man bullied for being too sensitive. Most other roles are "gender typical."

The production's gender equality themes are poignant in the wake of Ms. Griffin's nominations - not only is she the first person to achieve this honor, she is one of the few women to ever play or direct HAMLET. Ashley Griffin is a NYC based performer, director and writer. Her work has been developed at MTC and Playwrights Horizons. Her play SNOW returns to NYC this fall at Theater 54.

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